How to Clean a Mattress

Has it been over six months since you last cleaned your mattress? We spend about one-third of our lives in bed. During this time, mattresses harbour health-hazardous dirt, dust particles, dead skin cells, debris, hair, face, and body oils. Besides, such an accumulation of gunk could lead to foul smells and cause discolorations and stains.

But cleaning a mattress is simpler than you think. It involves separate washing of your bedding in warm water, vacuum cleaning your mattress, and spot cleaning using deodorizers like vinegar and baking soda. 

Before cleaning your mattress, we advise checking the mattress tag or warranty for cleaning instructions. Whether hybrid, latex, or memory foam, read on for easy, proven guidelines on how to clean a mattress.

Why You Should Clean Your Mattress

If you value the little haven that is your mattress, here is why you should schedule a mattress-cleaning appointment:

1. To Get Rid of Dust Mites and Bed Bugs

Following the American Council on Science and Health reports, your mattress could house ten million allergy-causing dust mites. These dust mites excrete after feeding on your dead skin cells and their faeces trigger allergic reactions like runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. 

Disinfecting and cleaning your mattress eliminates bed bugs that cause skin irritation, discomfort, and poor sleep quality.

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2. To Eliminate Allergens and Other Substances

Cleaning your mattress removes the dust that accumulates on your mattress and bedding daily. Such dust could lead to respiratory issues, affecting sleep quality and general well-being. 

Cleaning your mattress also removes any food particles, moisture, or debris accumulated.

The moisture released by night sweaters and hot sleepers ends up on their mattresses. Water spills and body, face, and hair oils accumulate on your mattress too. These could result in foul smells or allow breeding of mould and mildew, posing health hazards.

3. To Prolong the Lifespan of Your Mattress

If you have a great mattress, you’ll definitely want to prolong its use. Cleaning it removes moisture, dust mites, and other allergens that encourage the breeding of mould and mildew, which depreciate your mattress quality. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Mattress?

It would be best to wash your bed sheets and bedding every week. We advise deep-cleaning every six months. However, if there are stains, an odour, or a worsening of allergies, immediately clean your mattress. 

How to Clean a Mattress

Before you clean your mattress, these are the cleaning supplies you will need: a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery tool, a clean cloth, a deodorizer like baking soda, vinegar, mild soap or laundry detergent, and cold and warm water. 

Follow these steps to deep-clean your mattress: 

Step 1: Remove and Clean all Your Bedding

Start by stripping your bed to remove the bedding including pillows, pillow covers, blankets, bed sheets, and mattress toppers. Sort and toss them in a washing machine; wash using warm water to kill germs and eliminate dust mites.

However, ensure that your pillows and mattress topper are machine-wash friendly. If not, hand-wash them before air-drying.

Find out more about Origin’s Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow. With ​​washable and removable pillow covers, you can prolong your pillow’s life in the long run.

Step 2: Vacuum Your Mattress

Now that your mattress is bare, use the upholstery tool on the vacuum cleaner to vacuum-clean the surface of your mattress. Pay closer attention to the sides, seams, crevices, and folds since these areas are notorious for harbouring dust, dirt, and gunk. 

Step 3: Spot-clean Your Mattress 

Now that the dust on the surface of your mattress is gone, it’s time to remove the stains. However, we caution against using water directly on your mattress since this could damage the composition of your mattress. 

Therefore, we recommend spot-cleaning.

To spot-clean your mattress, add mild laundry detergent to a bucket of warm water. Dab your piece of cloth into the solution, strain it, and then spray an enzyme cleaner on your damp cloth. Proceed to blot the fabric on any spots and stains on your mattress to remove them. Repeat until the removable stains are gone. 

Spot-cleaning is ideal for stains like vomit, blood, urine, and sweat. 

Step 4: Deep-clean using Deodorizers 

Spot-cleaning does not remove odours, moulds, and stubborn stains. That is why you should deodorise your mattress using affordable and harmless kitchen items like baking soda and vinegar. 

Transfer your vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it over the whole mattress surface. The vinegar removes any stains left and eradicates mattress odour. Allow it to soak in for about two hours. 

Then, using a sifter, sprinkle baking soda over the mattress surface, paying closer attention to the corners, seams, and folds. The baking soda will absorb moisture and eliminate any odours and stains the vinegar failed to remove. Allow it to sit for a few hours, overnight, or even a day for the best results. If you can, leave your windows open during the daytime to allow the sun’s UV rays to assist in killing moulds and bacteria in your mattress.

Step 5: Vacuum Again after Deodorizer

After the baking soda has served its purpose, vacuum-clean your mattress once more. Go over it several times to thoroughly eliminate any bit of baking soda. We also recommend going over your fabric headboard at this point. 

Step 6: Wipe your Mattress Surface with a Clean, Damp Cloth

Dip a clean towel in warm water and strain it. Make sure it is slightly damp and not wet before wiping the surface of your mattress.

Step 7: Repeat on the Other Side of the Mattress and Air-dry

Flip your mattress and repeat the process on the other side. Once done, air-dry to promote drying and freshness. Then, replace your bedding and enjoy unparalleled freshness and comfort during sleep.

Do note that not all mattresses should be flipped! The Origin Hybrid Mattress is designed to be slept on one side only.


Depending on how well taken-care of your mattress is, it’s also important to change your mattress every seven to ten years. 

If it’s time to change your mattress and you’re looking for a new one, head over to Origin Mattress. With a 120-day trial, there’s no need to worry about the mattress not suiting your needs.

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If your mattress hasn’t been cleaned for a while and you’re looking to get a brand new one instead, check out the Origin Hybrid Mattress. It is value-for-money and provides orthopedic support, plush comfort, and helps you stay cool all night.

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